Good Will Hunting

I watched the movie again
last night,
the one where the man who died this week
won an Academy Award
for best supporting actor.

And this was the climax of the movie —
the therapist looks
into the young man’s eyes
and says “It’s not your fault.”
And then he steps closer and says it again –
“it’s not your fault,”
and again and again and again,
closer and closer,
“it’s not your fault”
until they both believe it.

This is for you, my friends —
the ones who know I’ve tried and failed
to be best supporting actor.

This is for you and you and you –
who died by suicide,
or broke your heart
because someone else did,

you, with the depression no one
truly understands,
or precious day-at-a-time recoveries,
people discount
because they’re not on
consecutive days,

you, who have too much yesterday success,
or a diagnosis that steals
tomorrow’s joy,
you, Robin Williams and me.

It’s what we all need –
someone saying — “it’s not your fault,”

enough times.

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6 Responses to Good Will Hunting

  1. rezrevres says:

    Nothing to add but Bravo, Maren! Another gentle genius lost to the ravages of depression, substance dependency, and the indifference of misunderstanding we humans so frequently demonstrate to one another.

  2. Maren says:

    So much sadness …

  3. Erice Fairberother says:

    these poems are so evocative, so sadly poerful, so true – thank you Maren

  4. Maren says:

    You are very welcome. Something we each need to hear so often.

  5. Gail Orlando says:

    Thank you, Maren. This is written beautifully. As 1 who suffers from depression, and has a good friend who is bipolar: I appreciate this more then anyone will ever know. Thank you for your poems and prayers.

  6. Maren says:

    They really cannot touch the deep feelings though I try and it gets me beyond the day, Gail.

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